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Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse

Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century. The Doyle-Sipe-Wall report clearly demonstrates a deep-seated problem that spans the Church’s history. This collection of documents from official and unofficial sources begins its survey in 60 CE and concludes with the contemporary scandal. It reveals an institution that has tried to come to grips with this devastating internal problem from its earliest years. At times circumspect and at other times open and direct, Church leaders tried a variety of means to rein in the various violations of clerical celibacy. The sexual abuse crisis is not isolated from the questions of the celibate practice of all Catholic clergy and the moral questions that involve marriage and all human sexual behaviors. These are the main, yet unspoken, reasons why sexual abuse has been such an inflammatory and dangerous issue for the hierarchy. The Church abuse scandal of the contemporary era, rather than seen as a new challenge, is actually the catalyst for a complex process that is forcing the official Church to redefine its ideology of sexuality, its responsibility to its members and its role in society. The three distinguished authors have served as experts and consultants in over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, and have collectively spent over 70 years of official service within the church.

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13th Floor “Sexual Abuse” Missterious Janette…ikz

When you enter the elevator of a high rise building you will seldom find the button for the 13th floor. It is because of fear, superstition, or ignorance, that we pretend it doesn’t exist. The “13th floor” issues of abortion, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and the sanctity of human life have become a widely unrecognized reality, accompanied by a basic fear of people, to honestly address these issues. At purepathonline.com we have developed creative resources along with sermon outlines to give tools to Pastor’s and church leader’s who are bold enough to address “13th Floor” issues. This video addresses the issue of “Sexual Abuse” performed by Missterious Janette…ikz. If you go to purepathonline.com you can freely download this video and the accompanying sermon outlines written by: Justin Holcomb (author of Rid of My Disgrace). For more resources like this, or if you have anymore questions, visit purepathonline.com.
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After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?

Question by Aniruddha K: After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph this week agreed to pay an Independence man $ 225,000, its biggest settlement ever in a case of alleged priest sexual abuse.

The Diocese of San Diego and the Diocese of San Bernardino, which broke off from its southern neighbor in 1978, agreed Sept. 7 to pay $ 198.1 million to settle lawsuits with 144 victims of sexual abuse by priests between 1938 and 1993.

In July 2007 Los Angeles archdiocese agrees to pay $ 660 million to 508 victims in what is by far the largest Catholic settlement of its kind

During the pope’s trip to Austria when it was still reeling from a sex abuse scandal that caused the resignations of Vienna’s archbishop in 1995 and the closure of a seminary near Vienna in 2004, after some 40,000 pornographic photographs were discovered on computers there.

Are these the values we aim to give our children and what sort of citizens can we expect them to be? Do we have to succumb to this organised ring of abuse?

Best answer:

Answer by FRAGINAL-NOYPI
The grant of compensation for sexual lawsuits against priests will open floodgates of many cases against priests even when not supported with evidence but only to harass the Church to pay to eliminate bad publicity.

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Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality)

Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality)

Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show us what fuels a most horrific violation of trust–sexual abuse by priests–and how the church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored the largest study of clergy sexual abusers ever completed, and from a Vatican correspondent explaining the issues as seen by the Vatican. This text also includes an opening chapter by Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight Team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of sexual abuse by clergy. A statement by the Executive Director of SNAP, the national support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse, is also included.Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show us what fuels a most horrific violation of trust–sexual abuse by priests–and how the church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored the largest study of clergy sexual abusers ever completed, and from a Vatican correspondent explaining the issues as seen by the Vatican. This text also includes an opening chapter by Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight Team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of sexual abuse by clergy. A statement by the Executive Director of SNAP, the national support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse, is also included.

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Boston Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal – Boston Globe Publishes Secret Church Documents

In January 2002, the Boston Globe publishes troves of once-secret documents surrounding the case of notorious Boston pedophile priest John Geoghan. News reporters and the public react with dismay and there are growing demands for the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law. This news report is by David Boeri of WCVB TV Channel 5 in Boston.
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson NJ Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli Plays Hardball with Victim of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Clifton, NJ (PRWEB) April 22, 2005

More than three years has elapsed since a survivor of clergy sex abuse disclosed being victimized to former Bishop Frank J. Rodimer and the Diocese of Paterson. However, the survivor feels he is no closer to resolution, healing, and restorative justice.

Steven M. Rabi, age 57, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was abused as a child by former priest Joseph W. Molloy over a period of time starting when Rabi was an altar boy and student at St. Nicholas R. C. School in Passaic, New Jersey. Molloy subsequently left the priesthood, married, and raised a number of adopted children. Molloy was a child abuse investigator for the State of Florida and died in 2000.

Rabi was also abused by a second priest at the same parish. That priest, Francis X. Dennehy, remained a priest with the Diocese of Paterson and died in the 1980s.

Rabi is represented by in a lawsuit filed against the Diocese in New Jersey Superior Court by Phillipsburg NJ attorney Gregory G. Gianforcaro. Gianforcaro represented twenty-six plaintiffs in a clergy sex abuse action against several Paterson diocesan priests. The lawsuit settled earlier this year for more than Million dollars.

After the announcement that the Vatican was granting Bishop Rodimer retirement, an auxillary bishop with the Archdiocese of Newark, Arthur J. Serratelli, was appointed to lead the Paterson Diocese. Rabi wrote to Bishop Serratelli and received a handwritten response from Serratelli saying he would seek to resolve the clergy abuse crisis in the Paterson diocese.

The lawsuit filed on Rabi’s behalf “S.R. vs. Diocese of Paterson, Docket Number PAS-L-2862-04” names the Diocese of Paterson; Father Joseph W. Molloy, Deceased; The Estate of Father Joseph W. Molloy, individually; Father Francis X. Dennehy, Deceased; the Estate of Father Francis X. Dennehy, Deceased; The Estate of Bishop James A. McNulty, Deceased; the Estate of Bishop James A. McNulty, Individually; St. Nicholas Roman Catholic School; ABC Entity; and Richard Roe(s).

Since the filing of the civil claim in mid 2004, there has been no attempt by Bishop Serratelli to request the action go to mediation, thus avoiding costly legal expenses, and also serving to show empathy and charity to a clergy abuse survivor. Rabi believes that this may be due, wholly or in part, to the fact that Rabi maintains a website entitled “clergy abuse – diocese of paterson” that offers a survivors view on how clergy abuse is being handled by the Catholic Church and specifically by the Paterson Diocese.

Bishop Serratelli’s legal counsel is pressuring Rabi to release the name of an individual who also was abused by Francis X. Dennehy. That individual, a childhood friend of Rabi’s, never disclosed his abuse to anyone and does not want to come forward with it. The Church attorneys, however, will urge dismissal of the complaint if the individual is not named.

“When it comes to anonymously naming a drug dealer, the person who does that is not pressured into divulging his identity. What right does the diocese have to coerce anyone to violate another persons trust and discretion? That’s what the Church does best: violate people through a position of trust.”

“Perhaps Bishop Serratelli is allowing such intrusive violations to occur,” Rabi said. “While I welcome the scrutiny and have nothing to hide, the bombardment by diocesan attorneys is vicious at times and this disturbs me.”

Rabi received communication from the Diocese that they believed his claims of clergy abuse and that the Diocese has offered to pay for therapy and counseling “if the need is there.”

Rabi presently is the New Mexico state chapter director for SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. His work with SNAP has him presently looking into several allegations by clergy abuse victims that have taken place in New Mexico. He has helped to remove one priest from active ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, and also put pressure on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to investigate a pious association of Franciscan brothers. That investigation helped disband the group from the Roman Catholic Church.

In July, 2004, Rabi applied for and was granted formal excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church. In the letter written to Rabi by Santa Fe Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Sheehan stated “…and have accused two priests there (Diocese of Paterson) of sexual abuse against you years ago…so you can have closure from the Catholic Church and things that happened to you while in New Jersey.” “In light of your request, I officially declare you to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church, in accordance with Canon 1364.” Ironically, Rabi remembers speaking to Archbishop Sheehan about the excommunication and was asked pointedly “Do you desire to use the excommunication as a public relations tool to further dissent in the Church?” “That seemed more important to the Archbishop than the loss of a soul to the Roman Church,” Rabi quipped.

Rabi and his wife are members of Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. Rabi is involved in several ministries at FLC and says that the parish has embraced his witness to Jesus Christ. Rabi has disclosed his abuse and his support group activities to the parish council and has spoken about clergy sex abuse to members of the Church.

Meanwhile, Rabi realizes that Bishop Serratelli has the sole authority to cause his claims to be mediated and settled. “He inherited lots of loose ends when he was installed as Bishop. He needs to clear his desk of these claims and work diligently at preventing clergy sex abuse. If that means opening up clergy personnel files and taking a hardball approach toward his priests, then he’ll be more respected by the laity, his brother priests who maintain holy, celibate lives, and survivors who, up to now, have seen little in change since the Bishop took over the diocese nearly a year ago. But I don’t see that being realistic since the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI thinks it is the fault of the media and social mores of Americans that has caused clergy sex abuse to be exaggerated.”

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How does your church keep the children safe from sexual abuses?

Question by Truth Sets You Free: How does your church keep the children safe from sexual abuses?
Does your church have any safety procedures in place for the children when they attend any church services or youth activities? Do you do background checks on Sunday School volunteers? Staff? Do you have trainings for anyone who desires to work with children ministries? How safe it your church from sexual predators?

Best answer:

Answer by bottleblondemama
A prudent church would do a stringent background search and never allow any adult to ever be alone in a room with a minor for any reason for their own protection.

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Catholic Church Sexual Abuses

Catholic Church Sexual Abuses

To say that the Catholic Church is going through hell might be an overstatement; however, maybe purgatory isn’t all that easy either. Pope Benedict issued an apology to victims of sex abuse in Ireland on Saturday, and announced an investigation into parts of the Catholic Church in the country while saying that the abusers would have to answer to God. Well, that’s not all that may happen here.  

There is such a thing as KARMA and civil law here on earth to which the church (any church) is not exempt.

In a lengthy letter to the Irish faithful, he addressed the victims and their families: “You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured.” Benedict acknowledged that victims might find it difficult even to enter a church after what they have suffered. Well, duh!

“It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the Church,” he wrote. “In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel.”

The pope directly addressed the church abuse crisis that has rocked the Irish Catholic Church in an 18-page letter, which was made public Saturday. It is expected to be read in churches across Ireland on Sunday.
“I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious,” the pope wrote.

If such abuses were limited to just Ireland that would be more than enough; however, that’s sadly not the case.

An interesting web bot linguistics prediction by Cliff High’s research sounded an alarm that this just might be the precursor to. Could the Catholic Church (and others) be opening itself up to the loss of tax exemptions, the confiscation of property, and retributions that don’t wait on God to handle in an eternal life? Don’t dismiss that massive shift in consciousness that is sweeping our third rock from the sun.

It’s not just about a couple of Irish priests!

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, the pope started thinking about writing the letter last summer after the publication of the Ryan report — one of three separate reports on sexual and physical abuse by Irish clergy that has come out since 2005. The Ryan report, published in May 2009, investigated abuse in Catholic-run institutions primarily from 1936 to 1970. Many of the alleged abusers in the 2,600-page report were not priests, but nuns or Catholic lay people.
 
This story is only going to build!

As a spiritual-futurist, I have a BA degree majoring in history. One cannot know the future without knowing the past which holds clues to what is on the horizon. The world is in such a rapid expansion of knowledge that we are close to entering a tipping point that will forever change earth as we know it.